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September 21, 1964

Physician Participation in Olympic Game Planning

JAMA. 1964;189(12):959-960. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070120081029

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To the Editor:—  I regret that the purpose and the justification of the editorial of July 20 have been misunderstood by Dr. Hanley. There was no intent to criticize the Olympic team trainers or the physicians, who were, in fact, described in the editorial as "highly competent." Rather, the issue was that the AMA Committee on the Medical Aspects of Sports has been unable to learn the policy of the US Olympic Committee (USOC) regarding advance medical consultation and what measures are being taken toward its implementation.

In Search of Facts  The editorial was prepared by the AMA Committee only after considerable but fruitless correspondence with USOC, and after receiving the counsel of the AMA Board of Trustees. The problem apparently is the attitude of some members of the USOC regarding the part that modern medicine could play in "environmental health problems, supervision of the athletes' diets, and other training

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